I am pleased to share that our City of Akron has been awarded grant dollars from the GPD Employee’s Foundation to operate an Akron Safety Town PLUS Program which will focus on educating and engaging children with special needs.
During the summer of 2016, our Akron Police Department held several four-day Safety Town programs providing safety education to 200 children. While we were pleased with the program’s success, we realized that children with developmental or learning disabilities had difficulty participating.
We are fortunate in the City of Akron to have so many community partners who are committed to improving the lives of our youngest citizens. GPD Employee’s Foundation is generously helping us expand our Safety Town programs by including a Safety Town PLUS, which is designed to serving children with developmental or learning disabilities and their families.
The program is a four-day, modified, hands-on safety educational program where students with disabilities will interact with police and fire personnel, through multi-sensory activities, in order to learn basic safety concepts.
Four Safety Town sessions and one Safety Town PLUS session will be offered during the months of June, July and August 2017. Additional Safety Town PLUS programs will be planned for the 2017 – 2018 academic year.